Pre-announcement joint call 2020

Joint Call 2020: Equality and Wellbeing across Generations

A call for research proposals is expected to be launched on April 6th 2020

This Call 2020 “Equality and Wellbeing across Generations” aims to support policy in reducing inequality in the face of demographic change. The Call seeks proposals for research which will improve our understanding of how demographic change is altering the implicit contract between generations and how policy can ensure that change reduces inequality instead of increasing it. Specifically, the Call deals with three aspects of inequality:

Income and wealth

Extending working life changes the distribution of income and wealth between generations. Income in later life is very unevenly distributed on the basis of previous employment, earnings, and the structure of different pension systems and different patterns of housing tenure. Changes in the costs of social care and the time people spend longer in retirement are affecting patterns of intergenerational inheritance.

Caring responsibilities

A high proportion of older people (particularly, but not exclusively women) undertake caring responsibilities for parents, children or partners. Caring can be emotionally rewarding, but can also seriously damage the mental and physical health of the carer, as well as diminish their employment opportunities.

Social and political participation

In many countries older people are more likely than young people to participate in formal political processes. However, their interests and concerns may still be underrepresented in political decision making. Older people are also more vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness. Their sense of identity and security can also be challenged as neighbourhoods change, becoming younger, or possibly poorer.

Participating countries

This call has been developed under the JPI More Years Better Lives with the following funding organisations, who have indicated their commitment in participating in the call:

  • Austria, Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF)
  • Belgium, Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO)
  • Canada, The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Finland, Academy of Finland (AKA)
  • France, French National Research Agency (ANR)
  • Germany, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Latvia, Ministry of Education and Science (IZM)
  • Norway, Research Council of Norway (RCN)
  • Spain, State Agency for Research (AEI)
  • Sweden, The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE)
  • United Kingdom, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) – a part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Each application may address one, two or all three of these topics. It is important to note that not all countries participating in this call are providing funding for all topics. A proposal can address multiple topics, but researchers can only receive funding for their activities under a topic funded by their funding organisation. Therefore researchers seeking funding for their proposal should consult the following table to align their activities with the topics funded by their funding organisation:

Funding CountryIncome and wealthCaring responsibilitiesSocial and policital participation
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Finland
France
Germany
Latvia
Norway
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom

For questions regarding the call please contact the Joint Call Secretariat: secretariat.ewg@belspo.be

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